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’60 Minutes’ makes the Top 10

For the second straight week, “60 Minutes” lands on the list of Nielsen’s Top 10 most-watched primetime shows. With a lift from an overrun of the Tennessee Titans – Atlanta Falcons game, the show drew 14.47 million Total Viewers, making it #9 for the week. Sunday’s show featured Steve Kroft’s report on conservative anti-tax lobbyist Grover Norquist; a Lara Logan‘s profile of International Monetary Fund chief  Christine Lagarde; and Lesley Stahl‘s profile of singer-songwriter Taylor Swift.

Scott Pelley, Diane Sawyer, Brian Williams and More Turn Out to Remember Lane Venardos

Longtime CBS News executive Lane Venardos was fondly remembered Wednesday in a moving service at the Paley Center in New York City.

Venardos who died August 19 at his home in Maui, spent 30 years at CBS News producing live news, special events and documentaries. He would go on to produce the “Survivor” live finales for Mark Burnett on CBS.

More than 200 luminaries from across the television industry attended the memorial, including CBS News chairman Jeff Fager, News president David Rhodes; Charles Osgood, Scott Pelley, Bob Schieffer, Lesley Stahl, and Rita Braver; current “CBS Evening News” EP Pat Shevlin, CBS News VP Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews (who currently has the job Venardos once held) and “Sunday Morning” EP Rand Morrison.

Also Diane Sawyer, now with ABC News, who worked with Venardos during her time at CBS and from NBC: Brian Williams, News president Steve Capus and former CBSer, now EP of “Rock Center” Rome Hartman, were there, as was former CBS News president Andrew Heyward. ABC’s “This Week” EP Rick Kaplan, and former “GMA” boss Jim Murphy, both former CBS Newsers, attended.

Former CBS News and CBS, Inc. president Howard Stringer, who worked closely with Venardos during his years at CBS and who is now CEO of Sony, spoke via video. Other speakers included Pelley, Stahl, Williams and Venardos’s daughter Kelly who is a producer for “NBC Nightly News.” CBS News “48 Hours” EP Susan Zirinsky presented a video tribute (after the jump). The service concluded with a vocal solo performed by Venardos’s son, Kevin.

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CBS News Remembers Andy Rooney: ‘The Oracle of West 57th St… Apparently, God needed a writer’

Words of condolence following the passing of Andy Rooney, from his CBS colleagues.

Leslie Moonves: “Words cannot adequately express Andy’s contribution to the world of journalism and the impact he made–as a colleague and friend–upon everyone at CBS. His wry wit, his unique ability to capture the essence of any issue, and his larger-than-life personality made him an icon, not only within the industry but among readers and viewers around the globe. Andy was not just a member of the CBS family; he was a member of the world’s family. We treasure the legacy he has left, and his presence will be sorely missed by those of us at CBS and by his fans around the world.”

Jeff Fager: “It’s a sad day at 60 MINUTES and for everybody here at CBS News. It’s hard to imagine not having Andy around. He loved his life and he lived it on his own terms. We will miss him very much.”

Morley Safer: “Underneath that gruff exterior, was a prickly interior…and deeper down was a sweet and gentle man, a patriot with a love of all things American, like good bourbon and a delicious hatred for prejudice and hypocrisy.”

Scott Pelley: “The Romans had Cicero. The English had Dickens. America had Andy. He hid a philosopher’s genius behind the honest prose of Everyman. Apparently, God needed a writer.”

Steve Kroft: “Andy always said he wanted to work until the day he died and he managed to do it, save the past few weeks in the hospital. What a life: ninety- two years of doing what you love to do while engaging and entertaining millions and millions of people. He played an invaluable role in the success of 60 MINUTES over the years, providing a much anticipated

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How Did the Steve Jobs ’60 Minutes’ do in the Ratings?

“60 Minutes’” much promoted interview with Walter Isaacson about his biography Steve Jobs was the 14th most-watched show of the week (12.6 million viewers). That may have disappointed some inside CBS. Sunday’s show included a two-part interview with Isaacson and a Lesley Stahl story on how the iPad is helping give a voice to autistic children. What makes “60 Minutes” a consistently Top 10 show — beyond its high quality content — is the lead-in of NFL football. This past Sunday, CBS did not have a football lead in. In fact, over on FOX, the Packers-Vikings game, which ran until about 7:22pmET was the most-watched show of the week, topping anything in primetime. The game drew 24.3 million Total Viewers vs. the #1 primetime show, NCIS, which drew 19.4 million. The Packers-Vikings game was followed by The OT (14.7M) and game four of the World Series (15.2M).

Increasingly, and especially with the Jobs interview, CBS can count on hundreds of thousands more views of the show on CBSNews.com.

This Sunday’s “60″ should fare better. The show, which will have a Morley Safer interview with Ruth Madoff and her son, will have the Patriots-Steelers game as its lead-in in much of the country.

Newsers Pack the Waldorf to Honor Women Reporters

PBS’ Judy Woodruff was the mistress of ceremony at an awards luncheon of the of International Women’s Media Foundation today at the Waldorf-Astoria.

Four women journalists were honored for their work confronting danger while doing their jobs. Among them: Adela Navarro Bello, general director and columnist for Zeta news magazine in Mexico, Reuters Iran bureau chief Parisa Hafezi and Chiranuch Premchaiporn, director and webmaster of the Prachatai online newspaper in Thailand. Kate Adie, a BBC anchor, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Spotted in the crowd, CBS News’s Lesley Stahl, NBC’s Kate Snow and from ABC News, president Ben Sherwood, “Nightline” co-anchor Cynthia McFadden, “This Week” host Christiane Amanpour, correspondents Martha Raddatz and Juju Chang, and GMA co-anchor George Stephanopoulos.

Another ceremony was held Monday night in Beverly Hills honoring the women. Here’s a KABC report on that event:

’60 Minutes’ Finishes in Top 10

For the second straight week, “60 Minutes” was one of the 10 most-watched shows in America. The CBS Newsmagazine finished #10 with 13.29 million Total Viewers. Sunday’s broadcast featured Lesley Stahl‘s interview with GE chairman & CEO Jeff Immelt, who talked about his parents’ cable news viewing habits.

“My parents are really right-wingers,” Immelt is heard telling a group of GE managers during Stahl’s piece. “My dad watches, like, five or six hours of Fox News every day. So I called home and said, ‘Hey, just to give you a heads-up… I’m going to be with the president and he’s asked me to lead this jobs council.’ And my mother said, ‘Well, you said no, of course, didn’t you?’ (laughter) ‘No, mom, that’s not what I said.’” Here’s the story:

Mika Brzezinski shows her value at book party

Mika Brzezinski and "Morning Joe" EP Chris Licht

Monday night, Michael’s Resaturant was the scene of a party for Mika Brzezinski and her new book “Knowing Your Value.”

Miles Nadal, the CEO of MDC Partners and The Daily Beast/Newsweek‘s Tina Brown hosted the night. Guests included Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Arianna Huffington, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, NBC News “Today” co-anchor Savannah Guthrie, former CNN host Kathleen Parker, MSNBC president Phil Griffin, CBS News’s Lesley Stahl, IAC chairman Barry Diller, former Rep. Harold Ford Jr., MSNBC/The Washington Post’s Jonathan Capeheart, and Daily News‘s Mort Zuckerman.

Mika’s “Morning Joe” partner Joe Scarborough was not in attendance following the death of his father last week. EP Chris Licht, who is expected to announce in the coming days he’s leaving the network for an executive position at CBS News, was on hand.

  • More pictures after the jump…

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NCAA Basketball helps ’60 Minutes’ score

Propelled by an NCAA tournament runover, CBS News’ “60 Minutes” was the sixth most-watched show of the week last week. The show drew 14.81 million Total Viewers making it Sunday’s most-watched show. “60″ had a 4.1 rating / 11 share of the A25-54 audience. Sunday’s show featured Lesley Stahl’s report on overseas tax shelters that American companies use to save billions in taxes, Scott Pelley’s emotional story about a Staten Island woman who has helped over 100 children maimed by war or disaster. The story was produced by Tanya Simon, the daughter of “60″ correspondent Bob Simon. The third story was Steve Kroft’s profile of legendary high school basketball coach Bob Hurley.

Lara Logan Returns to ’60 Minutes’

CBS News chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan returned to “60 Minutes” tonight, if only in the show’s open. Logan was released from a Washington hospital last Wednesday after it was revealed a day earlier that she’d been beaten and sexually assaulted in Cairo on the day Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigned.

It’s not uncommon for “60 Minutes” contributing correspondents to appear in the open, and not report for that night’s broadcast. Tonight Lesley Stahl profiled Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), Scott Pelley reported on the real man behind “The King’s Speech” and Bob Simon reported the genesis of the current revolution spreading across the Muslim world.

’60 Minutes’ Draws Biggest Audience in 2 Years

“60 Minutes” drew another huge audience Sunday night — its largest in more than two years — making it the #3 show for the week.

The show, which had the lead-in of the New York Jets-Pittsburgh Steelers game, drew 18.7 million Total Viewers — “60′s” best deliveries in households, Total Viewers and A25-54 demo viewers since December 14, 2008. Sunday’s show featured a Steve Kroft report on the financial straits of America’s local governments and a Lesley Stahl piece about a small group of people who can recall nearly every day of their lives.

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